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The Braves trailed 34-31 at the half but exploded in the third quarter led by sophomore guard Jeremy Johnson.
After Risco opened up a 38-31 lead in the third quarter, Johnson took over, scoring 11 of his game-high 30 points in the period to help the Braves to a 54-50 lead heading into the final frame.
"Jeremy Johnson stepped up big tonight," said Scott Central head coach Melvin Porter. "I've been toying all year about pulling him off that point because he's too bulky to be a point guard. This was one of his best games, no doubt about it."
The Braves continued to pull away in the fourth quarter, leading by double figures for most of the period.
The rallies started when Risco point guard Greg Landers picked up his fourth foul.
"When Landers went out with foul trouble about midway through the third is when things went bad," said Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship. "He's really our only true ball-handler. Our other guard (Kyle Carlisle) that normally starts for us is out with a broken hand. When we get past Landers, we really don't have anybody to handle the ball. Plus he's our captain and he's our team leader, and when he went out everybody put their heads down."
Risco (12-8) didn't get closer than eight points in the final three minutes.
The Tigers were led by senior Luke Carter's 25 points. Landers followed up with 13 points before fouling out.
Braves' leading scorer Chris Pullen battled foul problems for most of the first half but played well down the stretch to finish with 12 points. Josh Chamberlain followed up with 11 points.
"They came out so high emotionally and they went at Chris Pullen right away and they got him in foul trouble," said Porter. "I held him out for three or four minutes in the third quarter to try to keep him from getting that fourth foul. He played a smart second half."
Risco plays at Bell City tonight at 6 p.m.
Scott Central will play at Advance next Thursday at 6 p.m.
PORTAGEVILLE -- Lance Penn scored 14 points and Aaron Bidewell chipped in 13 as Portageville defeated Gideon on Thursday night, 68-32.
The Bulldogs outscored Gideon 21-12 in the first quarter and held a 42-18 lead at halftime. Portageville outscored Gideon 26-14 in the second half to pull out the 36-point victory.
Portageville (16-4) will travel to Charleston tonight.